It seems every so often we have a desire or challenge that comes into our life and our prayers start revolving around that one thing. We repeatedly pray for deliverance from that one particular stress or we pray for that one specific miracle to come true. Sometimes we even pray the same thing over and over, almost as if we think God didn’t hear us the first time
In this way, we become fixated on one goal, one desire – whether it be a project at work, a child we pray God to guide, or the restoration of a relationship…..
Here is something interesting I recently heard:
“I do not think we are ready to have a thing,
Until we can be happy without it.”
This statement is something to think about. It made me examine my heart and ask myself, Is there something in my life that has become TOO important to me?
Sometimes God delays blessing us with that thing we are asking for because He wants us to get to the point in life where we are not clinging to the thing, but we are clinging to HIM. He wants to remind us that we can find completion in Him (the creator) and not in His creations.
And when we get fixated on certain desires or goals, then we also become selfish. I know there was one thing I was really praying God for in my life, and then I realized that I was unhappy when I was fixated on my own desire. Instead when I started to look around and asked God how I could be a blessing to others – that is when I found happiness. One of my mentors once said: you will be so much happier when you stop thinking about your problems, your worries, your desires, etc. The less you think about yourself, the happier you will be.
God is awesome. We can go to Him with anything. But it is important that we do not turn him into a Santa Claus. Yes, He has the power to do anything in our lives, to bless us beyond our imaginations, but if that is the only reason we turn to him, then we might have a shallow relationship with God
The danger of being fixated on one desire or one prayer is that we forget to Thank God for everything He has given us. And sometimes we forget our other responsibilities. I recently asked my dad how he was doing and he replied, ‘I just have this one major stress, this is the only thing I’m focusing on.’ While daddy was being so consumed by the stress of his one big project, he and I both noticed that he forgot the more important things in his life. When we become fixated on one thing, then we begin to forget everything else, sometimes even God.
We don’t have to wait for God to deliver us from our problems to be happy. We can be happy even when we go through stressful times – because we know He is in charge. When we become fixated on certain desires, we have a tendency to want to attain things our way and in our timing. We forget even God’s smallest plans are bigger and better than any dream we could ever hope for.